A beautiful and colorful Holi themed performance by Shehnaaz Dance Academy at the Art and the Holi event hosted by Maria Arts and the Barrow Mansion.Read More
Last night was our final adult BollyDance pop up for the summer. It was a fabulous session, packed with high-energy music, routines and wonderfully receptive students.
We are so glad we switched all the routines up yesterday - the workout, the choreography; it all fit in beautifully with our plan to up the game this week. We introduced Masala Bhangra, Jazz and Hip Hop to our patrons. The routine was a perfect balance of a workout with 3 cardio songs followed by a four minute Abs and Glutes crusher. The Ab workout was very well received and is sure to become a staple in our future sessions.
Our choreography was a competitive, partner driven sequence which provided a fun element to the session apart from a learning aspect and calorie burner, all rolled into one. The class ended on a very high note with the rave reviews and positive feedback, opening up the dialogue for weekly Bollywood Total Body Workout sessions starting fall 2017.
I attended my first workshop, a Lego session, at York Street project on a Tuesday morning in spring. I was very impressed by organizer Katie Moore's efforts to raise awareness and funds for the York Street Project while supporting children's development, diversity, and building a sense of community in downtown Jersey City. It made me want to help in my own little way. And that was the birth of our Bollywood movement and dance sessions at the York Street project.
Held typically every 3rd Tuesday each month, the sessions are geared for children aged six months to six years accompanied by their parents and caregivers. Our latest session on June 20th was well attended and had something for everyone including the adults! We kick things off with a warm up routine getting the kids comfortable moving to Bollywood beats. Following a few dances, the children are invited to take a break with Hindi poetry and English nursery rhymes. We do a routine with the caregivers and parents inviting them to follow along to the Bollywood song. Our session evolved into the different attendees sharing poetry from their cultures eliciting big smiles all around. It was wonderful to see the diversity of our community coming together in such a wonderful way.
We hope you will join us for our next workshop and help support our efforts in giving back!